Vox: 9 Supreme Court cases that shaped the 2010s. By Ian Millhiser, 12/26/19.
Concepcion held that forced arbitration agreements may also ban class actions — a mechanism that allows many people who were injured by the same company to join together in a single lawsuit against that company. Concepcion reached this holding, moreover, despite the fact that the Federal Arbitration Act says nothing whatsoever about class actions.
Refinery29: What Happened To Gretchen Carlson After The Fox Settlement Seen In Bombshell? By Lia Beck, 12/20/19.
As she explained in her New York Times story, Carlson also worked with Congress members to introduce the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act, which sought to end the practice of cases of sexual harassment at companies being dealt with behind closed doors, rather than employees being allowed to sue and taken to their cases to court, as explained by Vox. As the publication also reports, in September, the House passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, or FAIR Act, which encompasses the issue Carlson supported, but is more far-reaching.
Law.com: Battle Over Mandatory Arbitration in New Jersey Intensified in 2019. By Charles Toutant, 12/27/19.
New Jersey was at the forefront of a legal and public policy battle over mandatory arbitration of employment and consumer contracts in 2019. And 2020 promises more conflict as pro-arbitration interests and those opposing mandatory arbitration battle in state and federal courts.